The ClassicNote study guide on Gorilla, My Love contains a biography of Toni Cade Bambara, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz. Gorilla, My Love [Toni Cade Bambara] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In these fifteen superb stories, this essential author of African. In: Gorilla, My Love. Random House, NY, Page 2. Gorilla, My Love – Toni Cade Bambara. Page 3. Gorilla, My Love – Toni Cade Bambara. Page 4. Gorilla .

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Baby Jason is Hazel’s younger brother, who likes to go wherever Hazel goes. In a world where adults routinely take advantage of children, being able to count on one’s family as gangsters can count on their partners is important protection. It seems Bambara doesn’t like repeating herself in terms of style ym characterization, and this makes for a difficult reading experience.

Apparently, they go to the movies quite frequently; they know all of the theaters within walking distance loev their home in northern New York City, and what each is showing. In the middle of the century, many felt that the historical critics had lost sight of the works themselves in their hunt for context.

Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara

It is wonderfully specific and concrete and dem Bambara’s stories are a pleasure to read. Hazel’s emotional outrage generates not only a pointed dialogue with uncle and grandfather, but also brings to her mind analogies from other conflicts and confrontations with the adult world, notably her parents, school, and one drastic and exemplary clash with a movie theater and its manager.

Finding that the collection is similarly devoid of gorillas, readers might consider the rhetorical possibilities of that incongruity. They would not consider Bambara’s essays and interviews. In her essay Writer to Writer: Not an ounce of sentimentality or conclusion to satisfy the reader, but a lot to think about, a lot of her reality is implied in the small details, in the background noise.

Feb 18, Dov Zeller rated it really liked it Shelves: Like in one story an educated black woman takes a group of poor black children to an upscale toy store. A couple of the later stories have a different style which is less coherent and approachable.


Why not add some poetry and personal essays in there too?

Even though Hazel’s assumptions in the case of her uncle may seem naive and simplistic, her linguistic gambara and storytelling verve result from, and are an expression of, her inner strength and substance.

While Hazel postures as a demonstrator and longs to join the protest movement, until she can Signify, she cannot enlist followers or “say uncle” for gorjlla community. I cannot recommend it enough. In the fifteen stories goilla compose Gorilla, My Love, all the main characters are female, thirteen of them are first-person narrators, and ten of them are young, either teenagers or children.

With great sensitivity Bambara portrays through Hazel in “Gorilla, My Love” the feelings of pain and betrayal experienced by a child in a situation that adults would generally consider trivial or ridiculous. In Hammerman, issues such as mental illness and race are covered.

The car ride, however, serves as framing or triggering situation for other conflicts fought out by Hazel with the adult world.

The story sounds as though Hazel were speaking it aloud, almost breathlessly, without a pause, and the listener is not identified. Where in Evans’ collection I found easier to read, I ended although not all the protags in these stories are teenagers, many of them would appeal to the YA age range, despite these stories being published in the 60s and 70s.

The fifteen taut stories are fascinating glimpses into the lives of Black women and girls, some in the streets in New York, some in the Southern small town.

She cries and cries, knowing for certain that children “must stick together bambsra be forever lost” because grown-ups cannot be trusted. Is the title story implying child molestation? And when Hazel repeats Hunca Bubba’s words and says, “I say nambara just how he said it so he can hear what a terrible mt it is,” she does not explain why it is a terrible thing.


This is achieved less by continuity of events but by a limited range of names and sense of community within each story. Dec 17, Estelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 29, P. Since a person whom she has every reason to trust has betrayed her, the entire adult world becomes suspect. Hazel’s feelings are nearly universal, shared by most adolescents.

Gorilla, My Love

How does Hazel’s story shed light on the oppression of women, or of African Americans? Hazel watches quietly for a while, and realizes that the Jesus portrayed in the movie is so passive that he could never hold his own in Hazel’s loud and combative family.

They see her behavior as overly sexual and miss the mo I didn’t have time to read these stories as carefully as I would have liked had to get the book back to the library and hope to pick the book up again at some point. In the second part group of four stories, the relationships between female characters and their families are discussed to show that foregrounded contention masks gorjlla cohesion. They’re mostly about strong-voiced african american women, they’re unapologetically black and unapologetically feminist, many are about children or from the perspective of children, many contain similar characters ogrilla similar names, and they are filled with really colorful dialogue.

Toni Cade Bambara was diagnosed with colon cancer in and died of it inat the age of The reader jy on her side. My friend who recommended this collection of short stories to me described it as “unapologetic. See all books by Toni Cade Bambara. Jun 24, Zanna rated it it was amazing Ym The anthology, intended as a corrective to the views of African American women previously offered by white feminist women and by male academics, gave black women a chance to describe and analyze their own experiences.